I am not sure if this idea has been presented before, at least i could not find anything similar with a quick ats&google search.
Many different new age ideas and religions seem to have one thing often in common, and that is the idea of spiritual evolution/ascension/dimensional
I started thinking about how this would start to manifest, rather than speculating about what it would be like.
There is a clear increase in claimed "spiritual occurances", even lucid dreaming could be considered such. Nowadays it is not uncommon to be or know
someone who is able to lucid dream more or less regularly.
What if dreaming is a necessary function for our "being", just as is being awake is. Let me explain
While being awake you take care of the physical side of things, you see after your body so that it is in good health and safe. While sleeping, you
take care of the spiritual side of your being.
What i am proposing is that maybe dimensional shifts happen so that we gradually shift into the spiritual (dream) side of things. When we are more in
the dream state than in the awake state, maybe we automatically start to be lucid in our dreams, "waking up" night after night to the same dream.
This might be the moment that we as a species understand how temporary our physical existence is, since the dream state becomes what we currently call
Mass extinctions would happen because the said species is not able to survive when it is awake so little of the day. Humans currently sleep lets say 8
hours per day on average. Could we survive if by 2012 we sleep 12 hours on average? I think we could as a species, but it would cause a chaos in our
society. Our productivity (working hours) would drop significantly.
In a sense this has already started. Can you not see our society crumbling before our eyes? The same thing happens with animals, species are going
extinct every day. We have managed to artificially keep ourselves alive this long, but things will not get better before we create a new civilization
that acknowledges this dream state of being. Until then we as a species follow the evolution path of animals - only the strongest will survive.
There are many people on ATS who swear they know/feel that something big is going on. Someone might call this mass delusion, i think naming it that
would be just the easiest way around the real question.
[edit on 8/16/2010 by above]